The Melbourne Victory utility player became an integral part of the Australia squad last season.
Matt McKay has revealed his return to Brisbane Roar was partly fuelled by Mark Milligan’s breakthrough into the Australia setup.
An impressive season with Melbourne Victory saw Milligan become an integral figure for the Socceroos in their successful qualification campaign for the World Cup in Brazil next year, starting the final three qualifying matches in June, in which Holger Osieck’s side took seven points from a possible nine.
McKay concedes he was encouraged by the progression of his international team-mate into Holger Osieck’s plans from the A-League, with his return to the Suncorp Stadium confirmed on Sunday following an unsuccessful two-year stint playing in Scotland, South Korea and latterly China with Changchun Yatai.
The 30-year-old also consulted with Osieck about coming back home and says the 64-year-old German gave him the green light to re-sign for Roar.
“You know, I had a good chat with Holger and he was very positive,” He told Sportal.
“You know, he’s got a lot of time for the A-League and you can see with Milligan, (he) came in and did a good job in the (last) three qualifiers and I broke into the Socceroos from the A-League.
“So I’ve got no problems being here.”
McKay has previously captained Roar to the A-League championship in 2011 before leaving to join Scottish giants Rangers.